Once you’ve made the decision to use CBD oil, there are several ways you can choose to ingest it. The most common are tinctures, vaping, or taking it sublingually. They are the most common, but they certainly aren’t the only method of ingesting CBD oil. Something that a few CBD oil users think to do is to include it in the meal preparations. CBD oil can have a bitter flavor making it hard to ingest orally. Adding it to your food gives you the option to ingest it without the less-than-pleasant aftertaste. There are various ways you can add CBD oil to your food. Here are some introductory tips on cooking with CBD oil:
1. Sweet dishes
Most people associate meal preparation with CBD oil with baking rather than cooking. Ideas of chocolate chip cookies made with CBD oil come to mind. This is achieved by the sweet ingredients added during baking which will drown out the taste. There are different baking recipes to try. Don’t limit yourself to the chocolate chip cookie. There are lots of other ways to bake with CBD oil.
2. Savory dishes
CBD oil is not that limited. It can be used in the preparation of savory dishes. Using CBD oil in savory meal preparation requires infusion with oil or fat-based substances. These include butter, lard, and coconut oil. Look out for recipes that call for whiskey, rum, or vodka instead of oil or fat-based ingredients. Wine and beer are water-based. That makes them poor carriers for CBD oil. They should be avoided.
3. Hot or cold
Temperature is critical in the preparation of food containing CBD oil. The amount of heat applied to the CBD oil can alter its composition. Too much heat is not advised. It will cause the loss of terpenes and kill some of the CBD oil’s active elements. At very high temperatures, the CBD oil evaporates. The other result too much heat produces is an increased bitterness of the CBD oil flavor.
4. Size does matter
Apply CBD oil to your cooking prudently. Adding too much can alter the flavor of your food. It is also going to result in the loss of expensive-to-replace CBD oil. The effects of the oil may be too strong if you use too much. Your first attempt should be a small batch of food with a very small amount of CBD oil added to it. Learning to cook with CBD oil will require some experimentation. Start with less. Build up to more should you feel it necessary.
5. Quality Counts
The more refined CBD oils are easier to cook with. They have less of an aftertaste. CBD oil that is less refined will produce a more bitter flavor. Check out how refined your CBD oil is. Refined oils are more expensive. The flavor they produce is far easier to cook with. CBD oil that is not well-refined is best used in recipes for foods with strong flavors.
CBD oil users should know how to store their oil safely. Direct sunlight and high temperatures result in lower efficacy. It may also produce more bitterness in the flavor. This makes it harder to cook a palatable meal. Store your CBD oil in a cupboard that is not exposed to a lot of heat. Make sure it’s out of reach of any children.
7. No drizzling
Using CBD oil in cooking means exactly that: you need to cook with it. Drizzling it over a prepared dish can change the flavor of the food. It may taste bitter. CBD oil needs time to cook and blend in with the other ingredients.
8. Stir the pot
Getting CBD oil to blend in with other ingredients is simple. You need to stir the food frequently. Be thorough in these efforts. It allows the CBD oil to spread evenly through the dish.
9. Smoothie time
Instead of cooking with CBD oil, use it to make a smoothie. Add your favorite ingredients and blend them together with a small dose of CBD oil. You probably won’t even be able to taste it. Start with small doses. You can increase them as time goes on.
10. Think liquid
One of the easiest ways to include CBD oil in meal preparation is to add it to a sauce, soup, or gravy. It’s the ideal way to cook without exposing it to too much heat. It also blends in better in a liquid preparation. Thorough stirring ensures it is equally spread.
Try these easy recipes to start off your CBD oil cooking adventure!
- 3 avocados (peel, pit, and mash beforehand)
- A juiced lime
- A teaspoon of salt
- ½ a cup of diced onion
- 3 tablespoons of fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons of crushed cannabis
- 1 teaspoon of CBD oil
How to make it:
- Add the lime juice, CBD oil, and salt to the avocado.
- Mix in the remaining ingredients.
Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to taste.
- Strawberry sauce (an ideal dessert topping or smoothie ingredient)
- 1lb. of strawberries (chop finely)
- 2 tablespoons of CBD oil
- ½ a cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed is preferable)
- ¼ cup of honey
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- A pinch of sea salt
How to make it:
- Place a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Add the strawberries, CBD oil, and honey and cook, stirring frequently.
- In a separate bowl, mix the cornstarch with the orange juice.
- Add this mixture to the saucepan ingredients. Stir until the sauce begins to thicken.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat source.
- Stir in a pinch of salt.
Allow the sauce to thicken further while it cools.
Concluding thoughts Choosing to use CBD oil in your cooking and baking is an exciting opportunity to experiment. Your first few attempts might not be 100% successful. Don’t give up. Keep at it. Soon you’ll have it down to a fine art. There is an abundance of recipes to research online. Creative ‘chefs’ among you will come up with their own recipes. Should you do so, share them online with others who are just getting started. Learn from others. Then you can add your own creative flair
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